Following the election rout in November 2012, I wrote a column entitled
Evangelicals Have a Big Decision to Make that was featured in WND (WorldNetDaily).
CBN White House Correspondent David Brody, whom I didn’t know at the time, emailed and said he was guest-hosting the Glenn Beck Show in a couple of weeks in Dallas, and wanted to interview me on the WND opinion piece. Since I’d never been on television before, I prayed about it and felt that the Lord said,
“Go do it.”
At the end of the nine-minute interview, David Brody asked
“What can Evangelicals do?” (about the awful condition of the country). I responded:
“The 2008 Christian Book of the Year was by Dr. Bruce K. Waltke,
An Old Testament Theology.
The chapter on the Book of Judges is titled
The Gift of Warlords
. We need spiritual men and women as candidates and elected officials, and spiritual men and women as political operatives and mechanics.” (
In 2016, we had 200 pastors running for local office, including city council, school board, parks and recreation, etc.
Pastors and churchgoers - forming the Ekklesia - moving from meetinghouse to public square make up an essential component of America’s spiritual resurrection.
Ed Silvoso explains the reason for this: “Jesus did not state, ‘
I will build My temple’ or
‘I will build My synagogue’, the two most prominent Jewish religious institutions at the time. Instead, He chose a secular entity first developed by the Greeks when He said, ‘
I will build my Ekklesia’ [Gr. ekklesia - called-out ones]
‘and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against [them. Not the building].’ Matthew 16:18.”
In 2018, we had 300 pastors across the nation running for local office. Two years before Pastor Rob McCoy of Godspeak Calvary Chapel Thousand Oaks had successfully run for city council, to be sworn in as Mayor of Thousand Oaks on December 11, 2018.
American Renewal Project’s goal for 2020 is one thousand pastors running for local office.
Our approach is two-pronged: First of all, by organising Pastors and Pews events, serving as the transmission agent for Voter Registration, GOTV and Voter Guides through the leadership of the pastor to his local congregation. And additionally, by arranging the so-called Ground Game, consisting of knocking on low-propensity Evangelical and Pro-Life Catholic Christian doors in order to get out the vote.